Ruby Rails under Virtualmin GPL


After much goggling on how to install Rails stack under Virtualmin I came across a great script that pretty much sets up everything for you: except for one seemingly elusive detail: setting up the root document directory for the rails application in Virtualmin.

In essence, after running this great script a Rails Stack is install and one can create a new rails app and the app will run under Apache Phussion Passenger.:Lets say that after running the script I move to the public_html directory and create the skeleton of a Rails App:

cd public_html
rails new MyApp

This will create a new directory name MyApp and under it the following directory structure:


Now, say the Virtual Server Domain Name was “mydomian.tld”, the default root directory will be “public_html” but the rails application document root needs to be “public_html/MyApp/public” so that when the browser is pointed to “mydomain.tld” the rails app is ran instead of having to type: “http://mydomain.tld/MyApp/public”.

I have played around with setting a domain alias but I can’t get it to work (obviously I don’t know how to set it up). Any advise on accomplishing that when a browser is pointed to mydomain.tld it renders the files from “public_html/MyApp/public” instead of the files from “public_html” will be appreciated.

I think the domain alias should do the trick but I keep getting a redirect looping error when I try to set it up. Also tried setting up a subserver domain alias but I don’t think this is the route to follow for what I want to do.

Thanks again for any help.

PS: I don’t want to make a change to all virtual servers, just to one in particular where I am running rails.

Ok, I found the problem. For those interested the solutions is: Go to “Virtualmin - Server Configuration - Website Redirects” then create “Add new website redirect” and enter the following:

Source URL path: /
Destination (Directory on this system): /home/home_directory/public_html/MyApp/public/

My problem was leaving the trailing “/” in the Destination URL.

Hope this helps others.